How do I transition my co-sleeping carseat-napping 16 m/o to a toddler bed?

Mary Renee - posted on 08/29/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I've been co-sleeping with my (now) 16-month-old toddler since she was 6 weeks old. I also have been nursing her to sleep and she always naps in her car seat, because I've found she always takes longer naps in her carseat (and by longer I mean 1 hour... prior to giving into the carseat nap she seldom slept longer than 20 minutes.

We used to have a good routine, dinner around 5:30 pm, bath around 6:30, lights-out/bedtime/nurse at 7:30 and she'd be asleep by 8.

Now she nurses and doesn't go to sleep and last night I couldn't get her to sleep till 10pm! This arrangement isn't working anymore and I need suggestion on how to transition her from co-sleeping in our king sized bed to sleeping in a toddler bed.

Also, financially we don't have a lot of money and live in small one-bedroom apartment so she will be staying in our room. I'm actually having to sell a desk just to make room for a toddler bed in our bedroom, so please help me by limiting your suggestion to those that are low/no-cost and include her sleeping in our room.

We have a toddler bed frame available to us (left to us by a neighbor) but we haven't bought a mattress yet so I'm taking suggestions about that too.

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Mary Renee - posted on 08/30/2011

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haha, it's probably the only reason I want to move her out right now... I'm tired of waiting sometimes hours with her to fall asleep because I don't feel comfortable leaving her in our bed with out me.

Also... eventually I want to be able to have sex with her father in the bed again. I mean, we've done it on every surface of the house BUT the bed since she's been born so I am craving a little bit more "comfortable" intimacy.

But if she went to bed within a half hour or 45 minutes of me putting her in bed then I could put it off.

Nikki - posted on 08/30/2011

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Is the late bedtime the only reason you want to move her out of your bed?

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